Bellagio—the real thing, not the Vegas casino resort—is a picturesque little town in Lombardy, Italy, with “beauty” (bella) embedded in its very name. However, the historical sources attribute it to the Latin bilacus (“two lakes”). The town, also called a “pearl of Lake Como,” is located between the two legs that comprise Lake Como’s shape of […]
As an author, I love to take American characters and bring them overseas. Not only does it allow me to write off my travel expenses (it is research, after all), but also pulling characters out of their element and dropping them somewhere unfamiliar raises the stakes and increases tension. My first novel, “Burning the Map” […]
I caught up with the Costa Deliziosa on its 100-day Around the World Cruise while at port in San Francisco. While cruise ships can look similar from the outside, it is what awaits inside that makes them unique. The Costa family is an Italian line of ships that oozes Italian style at every turn. Our […]
I recently had the incredible opportunity to visit Venice, Italy. If you ever get the chance, go, but not during the summer months; go when the tourists are at a lull instead of eight deep, when the weather is delightful (or at least passable), when the city’s overused and overcrowded services are not stretched to […]
By David Bentley Pisa’s Piazza del Duomo is also often referred to as the Piazza dei Miracoli, which translates in English as “Square of Miracles,” and when you first enter into this UNESCO World Heritage site you can see why this name, first penned by Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio, is so apt.
Traveling to other countries always makes me laugh at myself. I am an American traveling in awe of the sites and history I see in other countries around the world. At some point during a trip, I usually have a moment where I check myself and the other people around me, noting how fascinated we […]
It all started with a phone call from my friend Jeff Greif of Travel Squire. He was speaking on a panel at the Travel Blogger Elevator, aka TBE12, in Genoa, Italy, and he wanted some company. Who am I to say no when a friend is in need? I picked up the phone and called […]
In June 2012 I spent a week in Rome, Italy. I was lucky enough to be staying with a friend, so I saved on accommodations. However, because my friend’s place wasn’t in the centre of Rome, I had to get to grips with the city’s often-challenging public transport network in order to get to where […]
Ah, Tuscany – what is there to say that hasn’t already been said about this wondrous place? The food, the drink, the rolling hills. The way of life; so simple, so civilized. The people there live the good life, and I soaked in as much of it as I could.